research article must be related to nursing. 

Week 8: Summative Assignment: Critique of Research Article

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A research critique demonstrates your ability to critically read an investigative study. For this assignment, choose a research article related to

Articles used for this assignment cannot be used for the other assignments (students should find new research articles for each new
The selected articles should be original research articles. Review articles, concept analysis, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis, integrative review,
and systemic review should not be used.
Mixed-methods studies should not be used.
Dissertations should not be used.

Your critique should include the following:

Research Problem/Purpose

State the problem clearly as it is presented in the report.
Have the investigators placed the study problem within the context of existing knowledge?
Will the study solve a problem relevant to nursing?
State the purpose of the research.

Review of the Literature

Identify the concepts explored in the literature review.
Were the references current? If not, what do you think the reasons are?
Was there evidence of reflexivity in the design (qualitative)?

Theoretical Framework

Are the theoretical concepts defined and related to the research?
Does the research draw solely on nursing theory or does it draw on theory from other disciplines?
Is a theoretical framework stated in this research piece?
If not, suggest one that might be suitable for the study.

Variables/Hypotheses/Questions/Assumptions (Quantitative)

What are the independent and dependent variables in this study?
Are the operational definitions of the variables given? If so, are they concrete and measurable?
Is the research question or the hypothesis stated? What is it?

Conceptual Underpinnings, Research Questions (Qualitative)

Are key concepts defined conceptually?
Is the philoosoophical basis, underlying tradition, conoceptual framework, or ideological orientation made explicit and is it appropriate for the
Are research questions explicitly stated? Are the questions consistent with the study’s philosophical basis, underlying tradition, conceptual
framework, or ideological orientation?


What type of design (quantitative, qualitative, and type) was used in this study?
Was inductive or deductive reasoning used in this study?
State the sample size and study population, sampling method, and study setting.
Did the investigator choose a probability or non-probability sample?
State the type of reliability and the validity of the measurement tools (quantitative only)

Qualitative studies (answer the following questions in addition to those above except the last bulleted item)

Were the methods of gathering data appro

How to Write the Week 8 Assignment
Sara Turpel

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I want to give you some guidance on the Week 8 assignment. What I’ve found from working with previous classes in this
course, is that the research critique papers tend to be more of a synopsis or retelling of the research, than a true
critique.  I want to give you some helpful hints on completing this assignment because it is NOT a synopsis of the
research, it is a scholarly critique of the study.

1.  For each section, there are questions to ask yourself as you go about writing the paper.  For example, is the
methodology chosen by the researcher appropriate for the research question?  We have talked in our discussions
about the di�erent approaches of qualitative and quantitative research.  If the study is comparing two interventions, it
is likely a quantitative study, right?  You do this for every section.  Is the data collection method appropriate for the
research methodology?  Is the data analysis method appropriate for the research question?  

Do not write this in a Q & A format – write it in regular paragraph format.  

2.  You will need other sources to help you answer the questions about the research study.  You can’t just write, “the chi
squared test was used to analyze the data.”  You need to know whether or not chi squared is appropriate in this type of
study.  To �nd that out, you’ll need to consult a source.  Your Schmidt and Brown text is a good source, but it may not
be the best source for all of the questions you need to answer.  You might need additional sources.  For example, you
may need to look up the statistical tests that were done in another source. This is just one example, you need to do this
for all sections.  Every time I give this example, I get papers where the only thing that is supported is the statistics.  You
have to support ALL assertions.

So…when you are reading your article for the �rst time, use a highlighter and highlight some of the key elements in the
paper.  The themes of the literature review, the research question, the method, the data analysis, etc.  

When you identify the research question and then the methodology, you’ll use one of your additional resources (the
Schmidt and Brown text, for example) to decide whether the research methodology is appropriate for the research

Again, here’s the important thing:  Don’t just write that the methodology is appropriate for the research study, you
need to write WHY it is appropriate.  One sentence is good, you don’t need a whole paragraph on WHY, but you do
need to PROVIDE A SCHOLARLY ARGUMENT for ALL of your assertions. 

3.  As always, the submission should be scholarly.  You need to use APA format, appropriately cite and reference your
sources (including the study you are critiquing).  NO FIRST PERSON! 

Remember – this is not an opinion essay, y

Appraisal and
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Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research, Fourth Edi-tion, drives comprehension through various strategies that meet the learning needs of students while also generating enthusiasm about the topic. This interactive approach
addresses different learning styles, making this the ideal text to ensure mastery of key concepts.
The pedagogical aids that appear in most chapters include the following:

Chapter Objectives
These objectives provide
instructors and students
with a snapshot of the
key information they will
encounter in each chapter.
They serve as a checklist to
help guide and focus study.

Key Terms
Found in a list at the
beginning of each chapter
and in bold within the
chapter, these terms
will create an expanded
vocabulary in evidence-based

At the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

Key terms

CHAPter OBJeCtiVes

‹ Define evidence-based practice (EBP)
‹ List sources of evidence for nursing

‹ Identify barriers to the adoption
of EBP and pinpoint strategies to
overcome them

‹ Explain how the process of diffusion
facilitates moving evidence into
nursing practice

‹ Define research
‹ Discuss the contribution of research
to EBP

‹ Categorize types of research
‹ Distinguish between quantitative and
qualitative research approaches

‹ Describe the sections found in
research articles

‹ Describe the cycle of scientific

‹ Identify historical occurrences that
shaped the development of nursing
as a science

‹ Identify factors that will continue to
move nursing forward as a science

‹ Discuss what future trends may
influence how nurses use evidence to
improve the quality of patient care

‹ Identify five unethical studies
involving the violation of the rights of
human subjects

applied research
basic research
cycle of scientific

deductive reasoning
descriptive research
discussion section
early adopters
empirical evidence
evidence-based practice

explanatory research

inductive reasoning
Jewish Chronic Disease

Hospital study
list of references
methods section
model of diffusion of

Nazi experiments
Nuremberg Code
predictive research
pyramid of evidence

qualitative research
quantitative research
replication study
research utilization
results section
review of literature
theoretical framework
Tuskegee study
Willowbrook studies

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